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Halcyon

Description   A sea bird which lays its eggs on the beach in the middle of winter.  During the period when the Halcyon is laying and hatching its eggs, the seas are very calm and there is fine weather.  That is where the expression "Halcyon days" comes from.

 

Might Actually be Commonly believed to refer to the Kingfisher.

Halcyon is the Greek word for "kingfisher", from the words hals (the sea) and kuo (brood on.)

 

Also Called Halcyone, Altion

 

Described By: Pliny- "Halcyons are especially remarkable for this- the seas and those who sail them know the days when they breed.  The bird itself is a little larger than a sparrow, sea-blue in color and reddish on the underside, with white feathers in the neck, and a long slender beak... They breed at midwinter, on what are called "Halcyon days", during which the sea is calm and navigable, especially near Sicily.  They make their nests a week before the shortest day, and lay a week after it."

 

 

 

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